Heyliger puts projects on hold as money runs out

POSTED: 08/15/11 12:29 PM

St. Maarten – Minister of Housing, Physical Planning, Environment and Infrastructure Theodore Heyliger announced Sunday that infrastructure projects he’d planned to do this year have been put on hold because he does not have the money to carry them out. The announcement was made in comments to journalists about the completion of the first phase of laying sewage lines that will connect to the new sewage treatment plant on the A Th. Illidge Road, when it is completed in June 2012.
Even though the ministry has been able to start and complete a number of projects this year Heyliger says he’s challenged in going any further because he’s basically exhausted the 2 million guilders in the budget for filling pot holes and 150, 000 guilders of his ministry’s budget has just been reallocated to cover the cost of the visit of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix, Crown Prince Willem Alexander and Princess Maxima. Heyliger is also awaiting the advice from the Board of financial supervision (Cft) on whether the government will be able to contract loans and to what amount.
Asked about the need for continued patience with ongoing works, considering that Welfare Road in Cole Bay will be made a one way road at 9:00 a.m. today, Heyliger said, “Well it’s either people are patient or we’ll have to stop the works.” Part of this was continued rebuttal for the continued complaints that road works are being carried out in several areas at the same time.
“We also have to take into account that we continue to see the importation of cars. We continue to see the banks giving loans for cars at more favorable interest rates than they do for home and we continue to see the insurance companies giving the best rates on car insurance, instead of on hurricane shutters,” Heyliger said to stress his point.

Residents of the Cul De Sac basin can expect to see MNO Vervat back on the L.B. Scot Road in December. That return trip is so they can pour the top layer of asphalt. For now the contractor leaves the road as is and then see if it settles more.
Heyliger also announced that the next phase of laying the sewage line would involve running a line from Cake House to the A. Th. Illidge Road.

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